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Refuel: The Complete New Testament    published by Thomas Nelson order for
by Thomas Nelson
Order:  USA  Can
Thomas Nelson, 2004 (2004)
* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

On the heels of Revolve (the New Testament for teen girls written magazine-style) comes an offering for teen boys. When Thomas Nelson publishers polled teens as to why they weren't reading the Bible more often, feedback indicated that teens found it intimidating. This complete New Testament in the New Century Version translation looks like it could be a music and sports magazine, but actually offers a great deal more.

Refuel is packaged to convey the Bible in a user-friendly and appealing way, in order to encourage teens to read the Word of God. At the beginning of each Book is an explanation of who wrote it, and of the general message offered. Interspersed throughout Refuel are short columns and articles of interest. Bible Basics helps the reader to understand concepts like the Trinity and the Gospel. Experts Answer Your Questions is about relationships, Christianity, and the Bible. Radical Faith discusses how to apply commandments given by Jesus to everyday life.

Men of the Sword discusses men from the Bible and why they are important. Travel the Road looks at missions opportunities around the world. Each month has a calendar that offers things to do and people to pray for daily. Issues talks about current controversial topics such as sports supplements and road rage. There are also Do's and Don'ts, Inside Her Head (Questions about girls), Music Reviews, Get out There (websites of interest), Ways to Walk (fow to apply Bible verses to life), Extras (everyday life), and Count on It (God's promises defined).

Though this version might be criticized for its bubble gum approach to the Bible, it seems to me that any format that gets teens reading it is a positive step. My eighteen-year-old daughter's male friends were overwhelmingly positive. They didn't want to give it back! Many suggested that it would be a useful format to give to a new believer or someone curious about the faith. Refuel makes a great choice for young men to read and explore the Word of God.

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